The Evolver Network uses on-line tools to build off-line communities. We connect the dots between visionary idealism and lived experience — from open-source software to complementary currencies, meditation to direct action, festival culture to community-supported agriculture. We bring people together to explore areas that the mainstream culture ignores or suppresses; to learn new skills; to collaborate, celebrate and create.
What Are Spores?
In biology, a spore is a reproductive structure, often adapted for dispersal, and capable of surviving for long periods of time in unfavorable conditions. Evolver Spores are regional hubs where we raise awareness about today’s most pressing issues, inspire activism, and explore transformative practices such as yoga, permaculture, gift circles, and shamanism. Spores are centers of cultural incubation that bring together many different groups to manifest local change. If there is no Spore near you, we invite you to start one. Contact us at Spores@EvolverNetwork.org.
What Do Spores Do?
Each month, we develop a theme for a network-wide event that sparks dialogue, attracts diverse groups, and empowers local communities to take action. The subjects range widely — examples include peace activism, the Occupy movement, social networks, research into dreams, and alternative currencies. Check out a list of previous events and upcoming themes.
Film Screenings, Author Tours & Workshops
Spores organize screenings of films with relevant content. Past films include “Gasland,” “Wake Up,” “For Another 7 Generations,” “2012: Time for Change,” “DMT: The Spirit Molecule,” “Just Do It,” and “Vine of the Soul.” Authors and musicians can tour the network. Spores set up workshops in many areas, such as nutrition, visionary art, sex and relationships, and permaculture.
Festivals, Dance Parties & Conferences
Spores create dance parties, as well as festivals and conferences that combine workshops and talks with music and performance. Each spore has a local character and finds an approach that suits its region.
Accessing the needs of their community, Evolver chapters have cleaned up rivers and beaches, shepherded local alternative currencies and gift circles, hosted city-wide environmental festivals, assisted flood victims in Hungary, staged protests against unfair labor practices, kick-started permaculture gardens, orchestrated urban forestry efforts, and more.
Spores Host Activities In Areas Such As:
herbalism * social media * film making * urban gardening * design science * leadership training * peace activism * shamanic ritual * quantum physics * bee keeping * open source software * composting * lucid dreaming * performance * psychedelic research * alternative media
The Evolver Network Team
Executive Director/Co-Founder: Daniel Pinchbeck
Network Director/Co-Founder: Jonathan Talat Phillips
Co-Founder: Ken Jordan
Outreach Coordinator: Remi Gurak
Community Organizer: Laura Bedrick
Regional Facilitators: Molly Levine, Jeremy Johnson, Miriam Gabriel
Web Developer: Robert Hoyt
Associate Art Director: Joseph Shipp
Art Associate: Abigail Geraldine
Illustrator: Alia Penner
Evolver Regional Coordinators: Click here for Spore list